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September 18, 2013

In a case currently in front of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, a family from Acton has challenged the use of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance on the grounds that it is discriminatory. We asked BU Law students for their views on the matter.


September 6, 2013

Take a tour of the law tower from the perspective of some of our furry friends!


August 19, 2013

Boston University School of Law held a traditional "topping off" ceremony on August 12 to mark the placement of the highest structural element of the Sumner M. Redstone Building. Workers and members of the BU Law community signed the beam beforehand in keeping with tradition. The five-story, 92,000-square-foot Redstone Building is slated to open in fall 2014. The state-of-the-art facility will house all but two of the School's classrooms, as well as specially designed spaces for transactional law, writing and appellate advocacy, and other programs. Following its completion, the law tower will be renovated. For more information, visit


June 11, 2013

Current BU Law students offer advice on the housing options available.


May 8, 2013

BU Law Viewfinder: Marathon Bombing Suspect
How should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing, be treated and charged? BU Law students discuss Miranda rights, enemy combatant charges and more.


March 4, 2013

Taking On State Sponsors of Terrorism: A New Frontier in International Tort Litigation
The inaugural Kleh Lecture featured Andrew C. Hall—a Holocaust survivor, celebrated leader in the fight against state-sponsored terrorism, and founder of Hall, Lamb and Hall in Miami.


February 25, 2013

BU Law Viewfinder: Gun Control
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the topic of gun control has moved to the forefront of national debate. BU Law students offer their opinons on whether they think more regulation of firearms in the U.S. is needed.


February 20, 2013

BU Law Viewfinder: Same-Sex Marriage
With the Supreme Court set to hear two different cases on same-sex marriage this spring we asked BU Law students for their opinions on the issue. Should same-sex marriage be legalized?


January 28, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Breyer delivers BU Law's inaugural Esdaile Lecture
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer was the inaugural speaker for BU Law's James N. Esdaile Lecture on Thursday, January 24. This distinguished lectureship was made possible by the generosity of Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone, who created it to honor BU Law alumnus James N. Esdaile, Jr. ('70), a lifelong partner in the Boston-based law firm until his passing in 2011 at the age of 66. Read more.


January 25, 2013

BU Law Viewfinder: Social Media
Social media is becoming ever more prevalent in the legal realm these days, from its appearance at murder trials, to lawyers using it to gather evidence, to its effect on employment.


January 24, 2013

Taking on Modern-Day Slavery
Boston University School of Law's Human Trafficking Clinic


January 24, 2013

Combating Child Labor
Asylum and Human Rights Clinic fights for childrens' rights in Haiti


December 4, 2012

At the Hub of Health Policy
Get an in-depth look at the health law externship at BU Law as three students describe their experiences in the program.


November 27, 2012

Sumner M. Redstone Building Naming Ceremony
On September 13, 2012, Boston University President Robert A. Brown announced that prominent media executive and former BU Law faculty member Sumner M. Redstone (Hon. '94) had made a gift of $18 million to expand and improve the facilities that house the School of Law. A five-story, 93,000-square-foot facility will be constructed adjacent to the Law Tower, and named the Sumner M. Redstone Building. This milestone gift propels the law school's campaign beyond the $20 million "Break Ground" goal and into the campus-wide Campaign for Boston University: Choose to Be Great


November 6, 2012

BU Law Viewfinder: Assisted Suicide
This year, Massachusetts voters have a chance to weigh in through a question on the ballot as to whether assisted suicide will be legalized in the state. The so called "Death With Dignity" initiative would give terminally ill patients, with a life expectancy of six months or less, the opportunity to request assisted suicide from their doctor. We asked BU Law students what their opinion is on the matter and how they will be voting on election day.


November 6, 2012

BU Law Viewfinder: Voter ID Laws
Over the past few years, many of the nation's states have enacted stricter voter ID laws, some requiring people to show a government-issued photo ID in order to vote. During the run up to the 2012 presidential election we asked BU Law students whether they're in favor of or against these regulations.


October 26, 2012

The Least Bad Death: Who Decides?
The ninth annual Pike lecture featured keynote speaker Marcia Angell, MD, senior lecturer in global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and editor-in-chief, emerita, New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Angell discussed the initiative petition on the November 2012 ballot (question two), which would legalize physician-prescribed end-of-life drugs for terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less. Hosted by the School of Law on October 15, 2012.


October 18, 2012

Choose to be Great: BU Law School Campaign
More than a year before the launch of Boston University's comprehensive campaign to raise $1 billion, the School of Law initiated its Campus Campaign to raise $20 million to break ground on a new west addition and completely renovate the Law Tower. By July 2012, a total of $32.6 million had been pledged by a small but generous group of alumni, faculty and friends. The lead commitment that propelled the law school well beyond the $20 million goal was an extraordinary gift of $18 million from Sumner M. Redstone (Hon. '94), a former BU Law faculty member who currently serves as executive chairman of the board of both CBS Corporation and Viacom Inc. Read more


October 13, 2012

Hanna Rosin's Keynote Address: Evaluating Claims about "the End of Men"
"The end of men," a phrase coined by journalist Hanna Rosin, captures the proposition that women have made such remarkable progress in all domains—and men have suffered such declines and reversals—that women are effectively surpassing men and becoming the dominant sex. This interdisciplinary conference evaluated claims about "the end of men" and consider their implications.


October 10, 2012

Delida Costin ('95) on Being on the Bleeding Edge of Technology
Delida Costin, the general counsel for internet radio pioneer Pandora, discusses why she loves what she does and how BU Law gave her the tools to succeed in an ever-changing field.


September 14, 2012

BU Law Public Interest Fellowships in Action
Adam Peltz ('11) discusses how his BU Law Public Interest Fellowship helped pave the way for his current job as an attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund.


September 4, 2012

After Law School
Three recent alums discuss their first jobs out of law school and how BU Law prepared them for the day-to-day challenges of an assistant district attorney, patent litigator and environmental lawyer.


August 22, 2012


Inside Midnight Regulations
Back in June of 2012, the Administrative Conference of the United States approved guidelines for non-binding "Midnight Rules," legislation pushed through by a president in the last few months of his or her administration. Host David Yas--a BU Law alum, former publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a V.P. at Bernstein Global Wealth--chats with consultant for the Administrative Conference of the United States Professor Jack M. Beermann about Midnight Regulations, the new recommendations, and the potential impact on current and future administrations.


August 15, 2012

Thomas Cox ('69) Fights to Stem Tide of "Robo-Signer" Foreclosures
Thomas Cox ('69) of Portland, Maine was one of the first attorneys to take on a robo-signer lawsuit, and his success in Maine against GMAC Mortgage has led the way for attorneys around the country in similar suits.


July 30, 2012


Professor Ken Simons was featured on a WERS broadcast regarding the insanity defense in the recent Colorado shooting case and Massachusetts' proposal to change the insanity law. (Audio)


July 30, 2012

Dean's Corner: Meeting current challenges in legal education
Maureen O'Rourke, Dean of the School of Law, discusses the current challenges facing legal education and how BU Law is responding to these rapidly changing market demands.


July 23, 2012


Inside BU Law's Housing, Employment, Family and Disability Clinic
Law students who participate in the Civil Litigation Program's Housing, Employment, Family and Disability Clinic work for credit under the supervision of four full-time BU clinical faculty. They can represent anyone from tenants in eviction defenses in housing court, to parties in divorces in probate court. Host David Yas, a BU Law alum, former publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a V.P. at Bernstein Global Wealth, sits down with Professor Robert G. Burdick, director of the Civil Law Clinical Program, to talk about how the clinic works, and the real life training that students gain by participating in this clinic.


July 17, 2012

Seeking Justice: Janice Bassil ('78) defends Massachusetts' most controversial clients
Janice Bassil ('78) has had more than her share of emotionally charged cases over the years. In 1996, she was the court-appointed attorney for John Salvi, who was found guilty of murder after a shooting rampage at two abortion clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2009, she won an acquittal for a single mother accused of killing her two children in their Roslindale, Massachusetts home... Read more


July 17, 2012

Refugee Conference held in April 2, 2012
BU School of Law, along with co-sponsors the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), brought together some of the most influential international scholars, activists and counsel to address protracted refugee situations across the globe in an April conference held at BU Law.


July 5, 2012

Khiara Bridges on Reproductive Rights, the Law and Ballet
Associate Professor Khiara M. Bridges speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic, has reported for the Miami Herald, is an active professional ballet dancer, and has recently published a book that shines new light on the politics of health care for the poor. In addition to her Columbia Law School J.D., she has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia and holds dual appointments as Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Anthropology at BU.


June 7, 2012


BU Law’s Semester-in-Practice Program
In this podcast, Sean J. Kealy, BU Law professor and director of the School’s Government Lawyering program in Washington, D.C., discusses the hands-on training and practical benefits of spending a semester working full-time in a government office. He is joined by BU Law alumnus Michael Greenwald (’10), who was hired by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence after working there during his semester in the Government Lawyering program. (Audio)


May 11, 2012

Using the Law as a Tool for Social Change
Bob and Ann Seidman have been working at BU Law since 1976 and teaching in the law since long before that. Throughout their careers, they worked in over 30 different countries always concentrating on the same goal: using the law to bring about democratic social change.


May 3, 2012

The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act
There is a great debate before the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act minimum coverage provision is in fact constitutional. Wendy Mariner, professor of law and the lead author of an amicus brief submitted to the court by more than 100 health law professors, discusses Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida and the amicus brief, and examines some of the points that arose during the court’s oral arguments.

April 27, 2012

Breaking Barriers & Overcoming Obstacles in the 21st Century
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association conference brings together distinguished panelists and students for networking and discussion


April 24, 2012

Brandon Middleton-Pratt ('12) on Being Prepared for a Challenge
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April 10, 1012

Shareholder Activism
Professor David H. Webber discusses his research in the area of shareholder activism and his paper “The Plight of the Individual Investor in Securities Class Actions. Webber examines the forces driving shareholder activism, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, corporate governance reform and how to remedy conflicts between institutional and individual investors in class actions.

March 16, 2012


The Impact of BU Law’s LL.M. Programs
John N. Riccardi, assistant dean for Graduate and International Programs and director of the Office of Graduate and International Programs, discusses the School’s graduate programs for international lawyers. Alumnus Johan S. Ellefsen shares his experience with the LL.M. program and where he is today.


February 21, 2012

Elizabeth Rossi ('12) on Connecting Law School to the Real World
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February 15, 2012

Sarah Saucedo ('06) on Working for an International Law Firm
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January 31, 2012


January 18, 2012

Michael Greenwald ('10) on Working for the U.S. Treasury
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January 3, 2012


December 2, 2011

Examining Occupy Boston
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June 27, 2011

Being Adversarial: A look at the moot court experience at BU Law

June 14, 2011

BU Law Commencement 2011 Slideshow
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June, 2011

On Their Own: Three BU Law alumni start their own firm

June, 2011

BU Law's International Community

May, 2011

BU Law Across Generations: Alumni and their offspring compare notes on BU Law, then and now

April 8, 2011

The Salvati Case: How BU Law alumni freed an innocent man from prison
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April 7, 2011


April 1, 2011

Shapiro lecture featuring Kenneth J. Rose ('81): "Finding Purpose: Lessons learned in law school and 30 years of representing inmates on death row"

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March 31, 2011

Public Interest Project Auction celebrates its 20th year

March 26, 2011

BU Law 5K Ambulance Chase Fun Run

March 25, 2011

Haiti Sings: Using the law to empower musicians

March 3, 2011


March, 2011

BU Law Executive LL.M. Program Introduction from Dean Maureen O'Rourke
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March, 2011

Executive LL.M. Program Overview
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February 26, 2011

AJLM Symposium: "Marketing Health: The Growing Role of Commercial Speech Doctrine in FDA Regulation" Afternoon Sessions(Video)


February 19-24, 2011

Distinguished Visitor, The Honorable Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel (Video)


January 26, 2011

"Finding Refuge Reaching Out: LAW students offer asylum seekers free, often life-saving counsel," BU Today (Video)


January 11, 2011


December 15, 2010


December 1, 2010

Actual Innocence: BU Law students work to help wrongfully convicted prisoners

November 18, 2010


November 2, 2010


October 29, 2010

Tamar Frankel Conference - The Role of Fiduciary Law and Trust in the 21st Century (Video)

Pike Conference 2010: "Coming Home Injured: Care and Advocacy for America's Veterans" (Video)


September 29, 2010

A book club for the homeless: A different kind of pro bono work
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September 9, 2010


August 5, 2010

Combating Human Trafficking: A Pro Bono Trip to Cambodia



August 2, 2010


July 26, 2010

Adam Holland: from Olympic rowing to copyright law



July 14, 2010


June 29, 2010


June 25, 2010

A Lack of Law and Order: BU Law students provide relief services in Haiti

June 11, 2010

Revisiting New Orleans: Adrienne Bossi ('10) provides legal assistance to Katrina victims



May 21, 2010

Aid for asylum seekers: Elizabeth Verney ('12) donates pro bono legal services for TX spring break



May 16, 2010

BU Law Commencement Speech, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Video)

BU Law Commencement Video Vignette (Video)

BU Law Commencement Photo Slideshow(Slideshow)


May 6, 2010


April 9, 2010

Working from the ground up: PIP grant recipient Adam Peltz (‘11) helps build community radio station in Ghana


April 7, 2010


March 26, 2010

Cartoonist Vasanth Sarathy ('10) sketches the lighter side of law


March 5, 2010


February 3, 2010


January 6, 2010

podcast BU Law Faculty Podcast Series features Professor Linda McClain discussing her book: Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Audio)

December 4, 2009

podcast BU Law Faculty Podcast Series features Professor Jay Wexler discussing his book: Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars(Audio)

October 24, 2009

Pike Conference Fall 2009: "Naked on the Net? The Future of Health Privacy in the Information Technology Age" (Video)

October 21, 2009

U.S./Iran Negotiations: What Is At Stake? (Video)

October 1, 2009

"Torts Scholarship: Past and Future," featuring Professor Keith Hylton (Video)

September 25-26, 2009

Justice for Hedgehogs: A Conference on Ronald Dworkin's Forthcoming Book (Video)

May 17, 2009

BU Law Commencement Speech delivered by Governor Howard Brush Dean III (Video)
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April 17, 2009

"Which Way is Up? Thirty Years of Procedural Reform" featuring Professor Robert Bone (Video)
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April 4, 2009

IP Conference: What does the Economics of Property Law Teach Patent, Copyright and Trademark Scholars? (Video)

April 2, 2009

BU Law's 17th Annual Public Interest Project Auction (Slideshow)
Related Story: "SOLD, for a Great Cause: Auction gives law students the opportunity to help those who need it most," BU Today

March 27, 2009

Pike Conference: "Autism: Science, Law and Public Policy" (Video)
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March 26, 2009

"A Short, Incomplete, and Opinionated History of the BU School of Law" featuring Professor David Seipp" (Video)
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January 23, 2009

Boston University International Law Journal Symposium 2009 - Developments in International Disability Sport Law (Video)
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November 14 - 15, 2008

The Role of Congress in the Twenty-First Century (Video)

October 27, 2008

"Is this Justice?: Technicalities and Bad Lawyers in Criminal Cases"
Shapiro Lecture featuring Stephen B. Bright, President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights (Video)

October 21, 2008

The Art Market, Museums and the Legacy of the Holocaust: Legal and Ethical Issues >>View BU Today video & feature

September 1, 2008

Slideshow from Brendan Riley's ('08) semester abroad at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid

July 11, 2008

Interview with Glendora McIlwain Putnam, Esq. (Class of 1948) (Video: 9:22)

>>View feature: “Equal Rights Crusader Glendora Putnam (’48) Honored as Living Legend by the Museum of African American History”

May 30, 2008

Hear Professor Andrew Kull, 2008 recipient of BU's Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, discuss his experience as a professor
BU Today: "University Honors Three for Teaching Excellence" (Audio and Article)

May 18, 2008

BU Law Commencement 2008 Slideshow

Commencement Address, Nikki Tsongas (’88), U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District (Video)

April 24, 2008

Noam Chomsky Lectures on Modern-Day American Imperialism: Middle East and Beyond (Video and Article)

April 8, 2008

Professor Charles Whitehead interviewed on New Hampshire Public Radio feature, “The US Supreme Court Could Take a Case Involving International Trade” (Audio: 3:53)

April 7, 2008

Pardee Center's "Future Challenges: Trade and Development " seminar featuring Professor Kevin Outterson (Video: 1:36)
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April, 2008

Wondering what a first-year class is like at BU Law? Sit in on this mock Contracts class taught by Mark Pettit, BU Law’s “singing professor.” Pettit brings concepts of restitution, reliance and expectancy to life through a student-teacher duet, a reading of “A nose by any other name,” and a plastic snout.
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April 3, 2008

2007-2008 Distinguished Lecture: "Looking Over a Crowd and Picking Out Your Friends" featuring Harold Koh, Dean, Yale Law School" (Video: 59:13) (Audio)BU Login required
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March 24, 2008

Pike Conference 2008: The Future of Health Law (Video)

Lecture featuring Justice Caroline Berger ('76) (Audio, BU Login required)
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February 25, 2008

Widener Law School National Conference on Crimtorts featuring:
Professor Kenneth Simons: Presenter, Introductory Panel, [See video #1]
Professor Keith Hylton: Presenter, Punitive Damages Panel (See video #3)

February 12, 2008

Interview with alumnus Judge Harry Elam (Class of 1951), the first black appointee to the Boston Municipal Court of Massachusetts. (Video: 6:23)

February 11, 2008

School of Law Lane-Reticker Speaker Series with Congressman Barney Frank (Video: 58:03)
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Lecture featuring Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) Chairman, House Financial Services Committee (Audio)

January 29, 2008

New Orleans Legal Assistance Training Session (Video)

November 1, 2007

Annual Shapiro Lecture: “Inventing the Public Defender: A Lecture on the Life of Clara Foltz, Pioneer Woman Lawyer” featuring Barbara Babcock

Part I (Video: 30:49)

Part II (Video: 31:25)

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October 27, 2007

"New Media & the Marketplace of Ideas" Conference (Audio)
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October 11, 2007

The Role of the President in the Twenty-First Century (Video)
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September 18, 2007

A Conversation with Sumner Redstone (Video: 1:02:08)
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June 14, 2007

Never Quit - A Special Engagement with Victor J. Garo ('65) and Dan Rea ('74) (Video)

May 20, 2007

Commencement Address, Martha Coakley (’79), Massachusetts Attorney General (Video)

April 28, 2007

Professor Wendy Gordon, Panelist, "Copyright, Fair Use, and the Cultural Commons," MIT Communications Forum (Video: 1:26:55)

March 30, 2007

The Nuremberg Doctors' Trial- 60 Years Later (Video)
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March 27, 2007

"Anatomy of a Deal" Lecture featuring Michael Kendall ('93), Partner, Goodwin Procter (Audio, 47:28)
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March 8, 2007

Annual Shapiro Lecture: "Human Rights After the Fall of the Superpower" featuring Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize Winner (Video)
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January 20, 2007

Lecture with Professor Fran Miller, "Save It for Later: Financial and Estate Planning for You and Your Heirs" (Video, 01:52.02)

November 17, 2006

Intellectual Property Conference: Software Patents in America (Video)
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October 24, 2006

Global Health Lecture by Dr. Sima Samar: "The Fragile Future of Afghanistan: Human Rights, Justice and Security" (Video)
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October 20, 2006

International Legal Career Discussion with Robert Grondine ('80) (Audio, 40:28)
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September 29, 2006

Extraordinary Powers in Ordinary Times: The Political, Ethical and Constitutional Issues Raised when the Law Responds to Emergencies (Video)
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September 28, 2006

Pro Bono Kick-Off, featuring Stephanie Ives ('03) and Victor Garo ('65) (Video)
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May 14, 2006

Commencement Address, David Gergen, Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government (Video)

April 21 - 22, 2006

Conference: The Role of the Judge in the Twenty-First Century (Video)
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March 31, 2006

Conference: The Terri Schiavo Case: One Year Later (Video)
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March 30, 2006

Edward Lane-Reticker Speaker Series Lecture: "Protecting Investors Through Hedge Fund Advisor Registration: Long on Costs, Short on Returns"
Paul S. Atkins, Securities and Exchange Commissioner (Audio, 1:05:36)
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May 22, 2005

Commencement Address, Deval L. Patrick, Massachusetts Governor (Video)